V Successes

Translational Research…I’m your #1 fan!

Translational GrantIn 2010, Dr. Erin M. Goldblatt and Dr. Wen-Hwa Lee wrote an article about the growing use of translational research in cancer medicine. Now, while I skimmed the article, you maybe remember from previous posts- Science and I are not the best of friends. But the part I did understand was her definition of translational research. Dr. Goldblatt and Dr. Lee said that translational research basically takes the research from the “bench-to-bedside.” YES! A sports metaphor. Now, I am on board.

That’s why translational grants are so crucial to the fight against cancer. Until we start taking the research “off the bench”, we will not be able to move forward in this fight. In 2000, The V Foundation started the Translational grant program and the grant is for $600,000 over three years. This year there are 10 recipients of the grants and their work includes research in areas including leukemia, pediatric, prostate and breast cancers.

So, here’s a special shout out to all the researchers that have just made it on to the field. It’s just like the NFL, no red card in your locker!